Thank you to Maureen McDole, poet and Founder and Executive Director of Keep St. Pete Lit for joining us for Immersive Conversations! “Keep St. Pete Lit grew from wanting more from my community as a reader and writer,” Maureen said, “and you never know where your curiosity may lead.”
Now, 8 years later, Keep St. Pete Lit celebrates and promotes greater St. Petersburg’s literary community – past, present and future – through arts, education and events with a literary twist. Most recently, Keep St. Pete Lit has moved their headquarters to the Factory in St. Pete, and in collaboration with the Factory has created a brand-new reading garden on the campus! Along with partnering and providing programming in and for local schools, existing art organizations and literary spaces, KSPL also facilitates their mission with the installation of free book exchanges, titled WORD! Book Boxes and hosts a literary festival called Sunlit every year.
This year, Keep St. Pete Lit and Fairgrounds St. Pete Immersive Learning together with Tombolo Books have partnered to form the #FLORIDARAMA Book Club! Every other month, we delve into Florida together by reading a sunshine state inspired story. To support our community and stay local, Tombolo books has all the #FLORIDARAMA picks for purchase.
“It’s been exciting to see art communities all over starting to form book clubs and reading groups, but the #FLORIDARAMA Book Club is especially exciting because it celebrates Florida in all it’s weird and wacky-ness. As a Florida and St. Pete native, it’s been a great way to support and celebrate our community. St. Pete is such a collaborative place to live, it is really cool to be a part of!” Maureen said.
And the #FLORIDARAMA Book Club isn’t the only collaboration between KSPL and Fairgrounds St. Pete you should have on your radar! “Fairgrounds Immersive Learning is all about creating community through discovery. We are thrilled to be partnering with Keep St. Pete Lit on our #FLORIDARAMA Book Club and more upcoming and in-the-works programs to explore the Sunshine State and Fairgrounds St. Pete space through literature” said Fairgrounds Education Manager, Liv Scully.
A published author herself, Maureen’s third collection of poems entitled Feast will come out early this year from St. Petersburg Press. With her poetry and wiring set in a variety of different ways including film, dance, spoken word, art installations and traditional vocal works, Maureen is no stranger to creating and facilitating immersive art and engaging experiences. Leading workshops and speaking about creativity for over 15 years, Maureen is the perfect fit for the host of our #FLORIDARAMA Book Club.
Learn More about Maureen, Keep St. Pete Lit, and #FLORIDARAMA Book Club in this Immersive Conversation!
To learn more about Maureen McDole & Keep St. Pete Lit check out: https://keepstpetelit.org/
Are YOU a Florida author and would like to be featured on our #FLORIDARAMA book club?! Get in touch! firstname.lastname@example.org